Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre – some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our “joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Young Vic.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Seeing it from the audience’s perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.

Welcome to new YV Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah!

1st February. A momentous day in British theatre history – Kwame Kwei-Armah takes the keys for the Young Vic and steps into his new shoes as our Artistic Director. And we couldn’t be more excited!

First day photography by Leon Puplett 📸

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Curtain Call’s Exclusive Backstage Photography

Our good friends at Curtain Call took some stunning backstage photography of our recent YV productions and we’re excited to share some of the photos with you.
Curtain Call was founded by John Schwab and Matt Humphrey and together they are producing a book that will feature exclusive backstage photography of shows throughout London theatre from a unique perspective.

Take a look below for a glimpse into the unseen and intimate moments from some of your favourite shows.

A View from the Bridge – West End

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Emun Elliott & Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Mark Strong in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Phoebe Fox & Nicola Walker in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Luke Norris in A View from the Bridge at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Happy Days

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Juliet Stevenson (centre) in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

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David Beames in Happy Days at the Young Vic.

Ah, Wilderness! 

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George MacKay in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Susannah Wise in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

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Janie Dee in Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic.

Head over to www.curtaincallonline.com to see more of their work.